I'm in the mood where I come all untiedI've loved this Wakey!Wakey! song for a long time, but I've been listening to it again this weekend especially.
I'm in the mood to say shit that'll change people's minds
I love you, I swear it, I would never lie
But I fear for our lives and I fear your closed eyes
What will your legacy be?
'War Sweater' from the album Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You...
I love the stunning strings and classical piano. I am always a sucker for a song in a minor key. The closet rebel in me loves the attitude of the lyrics and lines like 'I'm in the mood to say shit that'll change peoples lives'. I love the transparency.
I love that this is a beautiful song calling out the un-beautiful in religion and belief.
I've been thinking about these things lately. The way we blind ourselves with stubbornness. The way our fear of difference alienates and divides. The capacity for all of us (even progressives!) to hold to belief with a fundamentalist fervor and arrogance. I long for the day when we, as Christians, as humans even, can keep our eyes and hearts open. A day when we are willing to question our own certainties and embrace others in their certainties. As Sara Groves says, "I've got layers of lies that I don't even know about yet" (Eyes Wide Open from Firelies and Songs.)
War Sweater reminds me that our legacy as believers (whatever that belief may be) should be that we lived with the humility and grace that knows we haven't figured it all out yet- not one of us! We all have something to learn. There should be no need for truth to be worn like a war sweater.
P.S. There's also a nice acoustic version here.